Unemployment Rate: 9.5%;
Land Area: 47 sq. km
Based on the 2006 Census of Population, Truro has a population of 16,050 which is 0.7% lower than in 1996. In 2006, 20.9% of the population was under the age of 20 and 19.6% was 65 years or older.
In comparison, Nova Scotia has a population of 913,465 which is 0.5% higher than in 1996. 22.8% of the population was under the age of 20 and 15.1% was 65 years or older.
In Nova Scotia, family structure has shifted from the traditional larger married families to smaller married families and an increase in both common-law and lone-parent families.
In 2006, for Truro, total census families increased 0.7% to 4,396. Married families decreased by 5.5% while common law families increased 46.9% and lone-parent families increased 11.0%. Lone female parent families were 17.6% of all families while lone male parents were 2.7% of all families.
In Nova Scotia, total census families increased 5.3% to 847. Married families increased by -1.4% while common law families increased 43.2% and lone-parent families increased 14.1%. Lone female parent families were 17.6% of all families while lone male parents were 2.7% of all families.
Citizenship & Mobility
Compared to Nova Scotia, Truro has a relatively low immigrant population. In 2006, there were 750 immigrants which is 4.8% of the population compared to 5% immigrants for Nova Scotia. In Truro, 98.9% of people were Canadian citizens compared to 98.3% for Nova Scotia.
77.7% of Truro’s population was born in the province of their residence.
In Truro, 42.5% of the population moved within the last five years. 23.4% moved within the municipality, 14.3% moved within the Province, 4.3% moved within Canada, and 0.5% moved outside of Canada. A higher percentage of residents moved in the last five years than in Nova Scotia (33.2%).
English is the predominant language in Truro, with 99% speaking only English in the home and 98.9% speaking only English at work. This compares to 97.8% and 96% respectively for Nova Scotia. 0.5% of people in Truro speak only French at home and 0.2% speak French and English at home. For Nova Scotia, 1.4% speak only French at home awhile 0.4% speak English and French at home.